Oswego County Today: Celebrated CNY Author To Speak at CCC
An award-winning author residing in Central New York will visit Cayuga Community College’s campuses this spring, holding public readings from several of her stories and discussing writing techniques with students.
Lena Bertone, the author of two books and currently a writing professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, will visit the Auburn Campus on April 30 and the Fulton Campus on May 2 after students in the Cayuga Creative Writing Club asked her to visit the college. Events both days are open to the public.
Cayuga English Professor Mark Montgomery said students reviewed the work of several writers before contacting Bertone. Montgomery, who called Bertone’s work a “wondrous experience,” said students were drawn to the author’s characters and the worlds in which those characters live.
“They loved how she created such narrative depth in such an abbreviated form, and her use of both strange and familiar figures,” said Montgomery. “Her stories imagine a world where the mundane collides with the miraculous and ancient myth steps into the here and now.”